The timing belt is an essential part of any naturally aspirated engine, since it synchronizes the crankshaft and valves. In order for conventional internal combustion engines to work properly, the valves must open and close in perfect synchronization—to within nearly a thousandth of a second.
The timing belt has teeth on the inside and is protected by a cover. Your Silverstar technician will inspect the timing belt during routine maintenance to check for any defects. The timing belt should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations—usually every 100,000 km.
A broken timing belt will cause your vehicle to break down immediately and have to be towed. A broken timing belt can also cause major damage to the engine. Your Silverstar technician can replace the timing belt according to extremely specific parameters and repair any engine damage.
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Every driver has experienced that stressful moment when the Check Engine light on the vehicle’s dashboard comes on. In many cases, it means that something serious is wrong and that you should take your vehicle to Silverstar Automotive Solutions right away so a certified technician can identify and fix the problem. Getting your vehicle checked by a professional as soon as possible is often the right call, although in some less urgent cases, parts can be ordered and replaced in the next few days.
Late model vehicles are equipped with an on-board computer that manages all components, mostly notably the power train—from the fuel supply to exhaust gases—but also peripheral systems like the brakes, electric system, air conditioning, and even tire pressure, through a network of sensors linked to the computer.
When the main computer detects a problem, a light on the dashboard turns on to notify the driver. Red lights indicate issues that require immediate attention. Your certified technician will use a scan tool to get the diagnostic trouble code(s) of a defective part or component. Your vehicle’s owner manual will contain information on the various dashboard Check Engine lights and what they mean.
If you don’t consult a professional when the Check Engine light comes on, you could end up with serious damage or even compromise your vehicle’s safety.
The serpentine belt is essential for a naturally aspirated engine to run smoothly. Driven by the crankshaft, the serpentine belt can power up to four systems—the alternator, cooling system water pump, air conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. Without a working serpentine belt, the engine can overheat or lose electrical power. The serpentine belt is different from the timing belt, which synchronizes the valves.
Although it is extremely resistant, the serpentine belt must be inspected regularly by a certified Silverstar technician in order to detect any failures or loss of tension, and should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. If the serpentine belt breaks, the vehicle will break down and need to be towed. That’s why it’s vital that your serpentine belt be inspected by a certified Silverstar technician, who can replace it according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule if necessary.